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Divine Heiress The Virgin Mary and the Making of Christian Constantinople by Vasiliki Limberis
  

Divine Heiress The Virgin Mary and the Making of Christian Constantinople

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Divine Heiress The Virgin Mary and the Making of Christian Constantinople by Vasiliki Limberis

Divine Heiress explores the vital role of the Virgin Mary in the cultural and religious life of Constantinople in late antiquity. It shows how she was transformed from a humble Jewish maiden into a divine figure and supernatural protector of Constantinople. Vasiliki Limberis examines the cult of Mary in the context of the religious culture of the Mediterranean world and the imperial Christianity of the Roman Empire. The author looks at all the evidence for the cult but pays particular attention to the early hymns to the virgin. These hymns preserved the strong indigenous goddess traditions of Demeter/Persephone, Isis, Hecate and Athena. By studying them the author places the cult of Mary in its historical and cultural context.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th July 2012

Author

Vasiliki Limberis

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Paperback
212 pages

Categories

The historical Jesus
Christian theology
Cultural studies
European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE

ISBN

9780415642965

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